The Mercedes-Benz Atego is a range of general purpose rigid trucks and lorries. It was first introduced in 1998 as the successor of the LK range. At launch there was a wide range of 25 basic models customisable by an even wider range of 240 options. The Atego won the International Truck of the Year award in 1999, and again with a new model in 2011.
The second version was introduced in 2004. This received a facelift in 2010, and a third version was then released in 2013. This latest version (current as at 2019) is available in gross vehicle weights of 6.5 to 16 metric tonnes. It is powered by a straight 4- or 6-cylinder engine.
The Atego has also had significant success in truck racing. Truck racing vehicles are enormously powerful. The Ategos can produce up to 1200 hp and 5,600 Nm of torque. This gives them a power-to-weight ratio on par with a World Rally Car, albeit in a vehicle over twice as heavy.
Atego racing trucks are built by LARAG in the Eastern Switzerland canton of St. Gallen. They have competed in the NRW Truck Cup and the ADAC Truck Grand Prix. In 1998 Ludovic Faure won the FIA European Truck Racing Championship in an Atego Renntruck.